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Using Visual Sources: Edward Armitage’s Retribution (1858)

Rozene Smith, a second year history student at the University of Portsmouth, wrote the following blog entry on how historians can use Retribution (1858) to reflect on representations of the British Empire for the Introduction to Historical Research Unit.  The unit is co-ordinated by Dr Jessica Moody, Lecturer in Modern History and Heritage at Portsmouth. Studying a “Museum […]

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How to ‘forget’ difficult pasts: slavery, memory, and the maritime frame

In Theresa May’s ‘Brexit speech’, on January 17th 2017, the prime minister suggested that Britain’s “history and culture is profoundly internationalist” [1]. This is certainly one way of framing Britain’s historic relationship with the rest of the world. Alternatively, you might suggest that May spelt “centuries of colonial rule, oppression, slavery and genocide” wrong. As […]

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Using Official Sources: The Chadwick Report (1843)

Rozene Smith, a second year history student at the University of Portsmouth, wrote the following blog entry on how historians can use The Chadwick Report (1843) to understand 19th century social reform for the Introduction to Historical Research Unit.  The unit is co-ordinated by Dr Jessica Moody, Lecturer in Modern History and Heritage at Portsmouth. The […]

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1909 railway accident postcard. Courtesy Mike Esbester.

Working & Dying on the Railways

Dr Mike Esbester is a senior lecturer in history at Portsmouth.   Mike’s research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain, particularly on the cultural history of safety, risk and accident prevention, and on the history of mobility Working & Dying on the Railways At 5.45am on 11 August 1913, steam locomotive fireman Charles Lock, an employee […]

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Using Official sources – The Merchant Ship Movement Card of SS Athenia

Using Official sources – The Merchant Ship Movement Card of SS Athenia

Anna-Lena Schneider, second year history student at Portsmouth, wrote the following article on the use of merchant ship cards to shed light on the circumstances behind the sinking of merchant ships during World War One for the Introduction to Historical Research Module.  The module is coordinated by Dr Jessica Moody, Lecturer in Modern History and […]

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Portsmouth Darkfest

Dr Karl Bell, Senior Lecturer in History, reports on the Portsmouth DarkFest held in October-November 2016.  Karl’s research area is ‘everything spooky’; his second book was on the Victorian legend of Spring-Heeled Jack and he’s now working on a book on proto-science fiction ideas in British culture between c.1750-1900. Long after the Halloween pumpkins had […]

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